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Is Gramps compatible with the Internet?
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This appendix contains the list of '''Frequently asked questionsAsked Questions'''(FAQ) that repeatedly come up in mailing list discussions lists and discussion forums.  This list is by no means complete. If you would like to add questions/answers to this list, please [[Contact#Mailing_lists|join]] and email your suggestions to the <code>gramps-devel@lists.sourceforge.net </code> mailing list.
Also consider having a look at the following Categories on the Gramps wiki:
===How do I keep backups?===
Automatic backup is a default feature that protects your genealogical data in Gramps. (It became automated in 2018 with the release of the 5.1 version.) The settings for the interval, backup file path and option whether to backup when exiting Gramps settings are in the {{man label|[[Gramps_5.1_Wiki_Manual_-_Settings#Family_Tree|Family Tree]]}} tab of the {{man menu|Edit -> Preferences...}} menu. Additionally, a backup can be manually selected from the {{man menu|Family Trees > Make Backup...}} window.
It is extremely important to keep backups of your data, and keep them in a safe place. Gramps has a specific portable file format which is small, and human readable, denoted by <code>.gramps</code>. See the "[[Gramps 5Gramps_5.1 Wiki Manual 1_Wiki_Manual_- Manage Family Trees_Manage_Family_Trees#Backing Backing_up_a_Family_Tree|backup up a Family_TreeFamily Tree]]" section of the manual. It is also important to be aware of [[Template:Backup_Omissions|what is omitted from a Gramps backup]].
You can copy this backup file from time to time to a save safe location (eg e.g., a usb USB stick). [Note: The <code>.gramps </code> files are compressedby default. Clicking them will open Gramps. To see the XML , select them the <code>.gramps</code> file and open them it with a decompressing utility (like ark, gunzip, 7-zip), after which you can extract the XML text file which is human readable, see [[Generate_XML#How_do_I_uncompress_the_file?|details]].
Gramps does a quick hidden binary backup to allow restore if an error is noted. If the correct package is installed , you can use a revision system.
Another method is to backup the hidden directory ''<code>/.gramps</code>''hidden directory. This directory subdirectory is situated in your home directory on Linux systems[[Gramps_5.1_Wiki_Manual_-_User_Directory|User Directory]]. Backing up this directory will backup your databases and revisions.(On Windows 10 it is ''<code>/Users/<your username>/AppData/Roaming/gramps</code>'')
'''Do not keep backups in GEDCOMformat'''. Not all information Gramps stores can be written in the GEDCOM. Hence, an export/import operation from Gramps --> exported into GEDCOM and re--> imported into Gramps, will mean you '''lose''' [[Gramps_and_GEDCOM|data]]. Use the <code>.gramps</code> file format for backups!
'''Do not keep backups in GRDB format'''. GRDB is a database, which might be computer dependent (read, not working on a different PC). Small damage to a GRDB file can also not be repaired. Use the <code>.gramps</code> file format for backups!
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We would recommend at least an 1980x1080 1920x1080 video display. The early memory requirements for Gramps, have been reduced, and Gramps were quite high. Beginning with Gramps 3.0, the software could run quite efficiently on a 256MB system, holding considerably more people. A system with 512MB should be able to hold around 200,000 people. However, disk disk space requirements for databases are however considerably larger, with a typical database being several megabytes in size. For 120.000 people you must consider already 530MB for the database. Pictures are stored on disk separately, so a large harddisk is necessary.
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===In what formats can Gramps output its reports?===
Text reports are available in HTML, PDF, ODT, LaTeX, and RTF formats. Graphical reports (charts and diagrams) are available in PostScript, PDF, SVG, ODS, and [[Output_formats#Graphviz|GraphViz ]] formats.
===How can I change the default language in reports?===
===Is Gramps compatible with the Internet? ===
Yes, in a variety of ways. There are features for referencing hot-linked external data, archiving tools to collecting them to internal storage, and while Gramps is designed to be a local application, a rich set of tools have been created for publishing some or all of your research to the web.
 
Gramps can store web addresses and direct your browser to them. It can import data that you download from the Internet. It can export data that you could send over the Internet. Gramps is familiar with the standard file formats widely used on the Internet (e.g. JPEG, PNG, and GIF images, MP3, OGG, and WAV sound files, QuickTime, MPEG, and AVI movie files, etc). If your browser is configured to access other file types, Gramps will inherit that ability.
 
There are add-on Finding Aid tools to assist searching for records in online sources. The is an increasing variety of other [[Web_Solutions_for_Gramps|Web Solutions for Gramps]].
Gramps The Reports can store web addresses and direct your browser to themoptionally generate content in formats suitable for publication as webpages or even as entire websites. It can import data And there are development forks that you download from the Internet. It can export data that you could send over the Internet. extend Gramps is familiar with the standard file formats widely used on the Internet (e.g. JPEG, PNG, and GIF images, MP3, OGG, and WAV sound files, QuickTime, MPEG, and AVI movie files, etc)into online genealogical content management systems. Other than thatSome are dynamic presentation systems for publishing research, there is little that a genealogical program can do with the Internetothers offer limited collaborative editing.
===Can I create custom reports/filters/whatever?===
==Database - Gramps file formats==
The default file format is [[Gramps XML]] it is used for exports, backups, and imports and preserves your entered genealogical data with no data loss as compared to the GEDCOM format.
===What is the maximum database size (bytes) Gramps can handle?===
Copying the GRDB file is only copying a portion of the database.
 
===Does Gramps have an Example Tree?===
 
Yes, it does. Several example family tree databases are [[Example.gramps#Load_example.gramps|included with most installations of Gramps and can be imported]] for working through tutorials and for safely exploring tools or features.
 
The example family tree database ('''<code>example.gramps</code>''' file) attempts the ideal of having at least one example of even the obscure things that Gramps does. You can import the example into a blank Tree then safely make destructive exploratory mistakes on a disposable working database. And when you suspect that you have discovered an issue (aka 'bug') in Gramps, you can first try the same operation with the example family tree then [[How_to_create_a_good_bug_report|file a bug report]].
 
 
* The [[Example.gramps|<code>Example.gramps</code> wiki article]] describes where to find the example Family Tree archival file, how to use it and suggests some alternative files.
==Bugs and requests==
===How do you find unused media?===
{{stub}}Media that have not been associated with any objects may be found by creating a [[Gramps_5.1_Wiki_Manual_-_Filters#Custom_Filters|Custom Filter]] in the Media Category view. Use the [[Gramps_5.1_Wiki_Manual_-_Filters#Media_objects_with_a_reference_count_of_.3Ccount.3E|Media objects with a reference count of &lt;count&gt;]] rule to find media with fewer than 1 reference.
===How can I publish a genealogy web site with Gramps?===
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You can follow Gramps has multiple options in the Reports menu for creating Web Pages based on your Tree data.  The [[Howto:_Make_a_genealogy_website_with_Gramps|Howto: Make a genealogy website with Gramps]] tutorial that describes using the [[Gramps_5.1_Wiki_Manual_-_Reports_-_part_7#Narrated_Web_Site|NarrativeWebNarrated Web Site]] (a.k.a. Narrated Web SiteNarrativeWeb) report . In it, you will learn to generate a website around a set of people in your Family Tree and once .  Once generated, you can upload the web files to a webserver or hosting service. You can also distribute it them on a portable thumbdrive or CD-ROMother media.
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You can also install additional third party addon reports to create other styles of web content see . See the [[5.1_Addons#Addon_List|Addons List]].
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